Montgomery -- Maj. Gen. Abner C. Blalock, adjutant general of the Alabama National Guard, hosted a special Army Family Covenant signing ceremony at the State Military Department on Thursday, March 20.
Blalock and State Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Danny Ashley added their signatures to a large reproduction of the covenant that had been signed earlier by Gov. Bob Riley. Ashley is the senior enlisted member of the Alabama Army National Guard and serves as an advisor to the Adjutant General on enlisted matters.
The signing of the covenant was a public affirmation of efforts by National Guard and government leaders from Alabama to increase support provided to members of the Alabama Army Guard, their families and employers.
The covenant recognizes the commitment and increasing sacrifices Army families are making each day. It also acknowledges that the strength of Soldiers comes from the strength of their families.
Blalock and Ashley committed to supporting several initiatives designed to improving family readiness. These include improved funding for health care, housing, schools, youth services, child care and expanding education and employment opportunities for family members.
In remarks, Blalock highlighted programs the State Soldier and Family Readiness Office perform. He recognized the volunteers who work with the program, calling them the "heart, soul and very core of our family support efforts."